Hey again guys. Hopefully you're all doing well this evening.
So, I figured I would ask a few questions regarding the Imperials here - and if anyone who happens to roleplay a Colovian or Nibenese Imperial could chime in and offer their advice and answers, I'd appreciate the input and look forward to reading your answers.
First question I have to ask is more about the aesthetic of Imperials in ESO. How light can an Imperial character look in-game? Would the top left ( postimg.org/image/vkavyoz9r/
) or bottom left ( postimg.org/image/66nzvtfab/
) skin tone be the best option to have a fair-looking Imperial character (not sure if using the best gamma level, but it's slightly right of the center)? I know typically they're seen with tan or olive-skin, but lore-wise the Imperial people are the most diverse of all the races of Man both culturally and physically, ranging from light to dark skin, a variety of hair and eye colors, etc. Oblivion and Skyrim both have had plenty of fairer skinned Imperials as well as the olive and tan Cyrods. And, odd as this will sound, I like the look of paler characters if they're mages or sorcerers - afterall, you don't see a lot of sunlight if you're experimenting, studying, or doing research in all arcane matters - plus, Abnur Tharn is sort of an inspiration to go with an Imperial Sorcerer, yet he (and Clivia Tharn) look quite fairer than other members of the Nibenese Tharn family. Can someone tell me how fair an Imperial looks in-game? It's hard to go by the character creation menu honestly - even if you find just the right gamma level setting-wise.
Question two focuses more on how to properly roleplay an Imperial character's cultural identity - Nibenese or Colovian. I know the Nibenese are the mercantile, magocratic heart of the Imperial Cyrod people - taking on Elven and a bit of Akaviri influence while the Colovians are the sons and daughters of the Legion who take pride in seafaring and martial ability - embracing the more Nordic culture and philosophy, but how should one go about roleplaying if they are Nibenese or Colovian, if it all? I'm well aware that individual personality is always the top priority, but the Imperial people are a collection of two main groups that, if I remember correctly, are prideful about which one they happen to be a part of (again, think Abnur Tharn for an example).
Third question I have is more about what side you all view is the most 'appropriate' of the three factions an Imperial would likely side with. Among the three warring factions - the Covenant, Pact, and Dominion, which would seem the most likely an Imperial - regardless of their cultural identity - would join? What if it was a Nibenese Cyrod? Or a Colovian? In all honesty, the Dominion seems like the least likely choice considering Ayrenn's stance on having the races of men on the Ruby Throne - while the Pact and Covenant both seem equally reasonable. Does anyone with a Cyrod in the Dominion have an example of how to justify them being among the Altmer, Bosmer, and Khajiit?
Fourth Question - how would other Colovians view a Colovian Cyrod Mage, and how would Nibenese Cyrods view a Nibenese Warrior or Legionnaire? Would they react a bit negatively, would they have differing reactions from a typical Colovian/Nibenese point of view, etc?
And finally, I know that Imperials who align themselves with any of the three factions are fleeing their native province because of the Daedra, necromancy, and the Planemeld, but how would Imperials feel towards the summoning and use of Daedra either by their allies or a fellow Imperial of the faction they've joined? I ask this because the Imperials as a whole have their religion focus on the Eight Divines - although the Nibenese have differing religious views compared to their Colovian cousins and the Imperial City is called the 'city of a thousand cults', but how would a typical Imperial feel about the idea of having Daedric beings summoned nearby - even if they're providing assistance in battle?